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Mind Hack to Ensure You Get Stuff Done

getthhingsdoneWe’ve all done it; made a plan to do something that we needed to do, with every intention of actually doing it, and then life happens and we forget to follow through with our task.

It’s not that we purposefully flake on these things. We just get lost in the hustle-and-bustle of the day, and other things end up taking a priority over what we initially thought was more important.

If only there were a way to ensure that the little things got done, and that we could check off everything on our mental “to-do list” for the day…

According to a study published by Psychological Science, there is!

All you have to do is set up physical reminders of the task at hand, that will be visible just before it is time to carry it out.

“Here are a few examples of reminders by association: a picture of your family by your desk reminds you to call them and tell them you will be late home; or a piece of litter on the floor reminds you to put the bins out. While these might be accidental reminders, they can also be set up intentionally. Little environmental cues like this were enough to double the number of people who remembered to perform some future action,” claims an article titled “How to Hack Your Mind to Follow Through on Intentions” published by PsyBlog.

While it may not be ideal to set up a big sign that says DO THIS RIGHT NOW, choosing a small symbol of your task and strategically placing it where it will be seen seems to be a great way to avoid technology, which sometimes doesn’t work, and still ensure that you will get the things that you need, done.

References
How To Hack Your Memory To Follow-Through On Intentions – PsyBlog. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.spring.org.uk/2016/05/hack-memory-to-follow-through.php

Mind Hack to Ensure You Get Stuff Done


Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.


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APA Reference
Bundrant, M. (2016). Mind Hack to Ensure You Get Stuff Done. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 12, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/nlp/2016/06/mind-hack-to-ensure-you-get-stuff-done/

 

Last updated: 11 Jun 2016
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